I love creating and telling stories through my photographs. Specially portraits of persons I’ve known personally. When I approach someone for a photograph, it’s generally because I’ve already created an image of them in my head that I want them to be part of. Something attracts me towards that part of them that I feel needs to be told photographically. That’s how the idea of my previous biker portrait of a friend came to be.
A few times I have been offered work that’s not my usual favourite subjects but I have learnt something new from those shoots each time. One of such shoots was related to food photography where I shot a few food items for a friend which turned out okay if not great. I learnt a great deal there and I wish I could have reshot that shoot. I figured in these times of start-ups the market is going to need a few product photographers as well. So I practised this week with some products that were lying around in the house hoping to attract some work that’ll eventually help me sustain this craft. I’m not trying to be a specialist here but I won’t mind shooting a few products if they can keep the site running. At the end of the pictures I also share my key take aways from the practice. Hope it helps.
Here were a few take aways from this practice shoot. I’m noting them down in the same manner I made notes after reviewing the photos on my screen.
- The watch should be at 10’O clock so the brand name is clearly visible, something I totally forgot while shooting.
- The products need to be cleaned as closeup shots are going to show every little dirt on them.
- The red shoe need to look exactly the kind of red they are on screen too.
- The exposure is going to vary for products that are dark toned and light toned. Just like for humans.
- Chrome products will generate lots of reflections. Be prepared to kill those reflections and enhance the chrome in a pleasing way.
PS: If you’re planning to buy a print this festive season, I’d urge you to also take a peak at my gallery at 500px. Hope you’ll find something to add to your home décor. Thanks!